Articles containing: mental health

Family: Stories of Adoption

According to the Urban Dictionary, a family is “a group of people…who genuinely love, trust, care about, and look out for each other… REAL family is a bondage that cannot be broken by any means.

The Intense Power Of Love On Our Kids

February 13, 2018

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There was this song that came out when I was 13 years old.  It was by Dan Folgelberg, and I played it over and over again on my Pioneer turntable.  It went like this:

“Longer than there’s been fishes in the ocean.  Higher than any bird every flew.  Longer than there’s been stars up in the heavens.  I’ve been in love with you.

The Importance of Sleep for Kids’ Emotional Well-being

February 7, 2018

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I have a confession to make. I rarely get enough sleep.

I know it’s important for me, but too often life gets in the way. I’m not alone. Most adults don’t get enough sleep, and this can be particularly true for parents who are juggling multiple tasks and role expectations.

There Are All Sorts of Ways of Making Things Better

January 26, 2018

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Things might seem kind of awful lately.

Every news headline, from every corner of American ideology, feels pretty depressing.  We are subjected to nihilistic rants or apocalyptic predictions.  When do we smile? When our late-night talk-show hosts use our negativity for comedic material.  I’ll admit it.

Shrinking It Down: Films That Heal, with Eric Lu (Season 1, Episode 5)

January 10, 2018

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Films foster empathy and can even promote social action. Sharing stories of mental health through video allows viewers to deeply connect with storytellers.

Shrinking It Down: The Importance of Pets (Season 1, Episode 4)

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Whether they have fur, scales, tail or no tail, pets can improve the mental and emotional health of children and teens.

Shrinking It Down: Navigating Divisiveness During the Holidays (Season 1, Episode 3)

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Differing viewpoints, feelings of frustration. We’re all constantly on edge today, and families can be home to a wide range of beliefs, which only adds stress to “together” time.

The Importance of Stories for Child Health

November 21, 2017

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Stories matter.

That’s not just an opinion.  That’s not an axiom or a homily or a saying or even a pithy bumper sticker slogan.

That’s a genuine biological imperative.

The Clay Center Launches Multimedia Effort to Promote Mental Wellness Among Youth

New film series and video podcast promote conversations to shift the social landscape of mental health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOSTON, Mass.

Can Kids Get Mental Illness?

November 15, 2017

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What does the average person think about mental illness in kids? We went to the streets to ask people this very question, and their responses and stories were both enlightening and heartwarming.

The Clay Center have partnered with filmmakers Eric I.